The Deep Purple
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Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written byEarle Browne (adaptation, scenario)
Based onThe Deep Purple
by Wilson Mizner and Paul Armstrong
Produced byRaoul Walsh
StarringMiriam Cooper
Helen Ware
CinematographyJacques Bizeul (fr)
Distributed byRealart Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • May 2, 1920 (1920-05-02)
Running time
6 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Deep Purple is a 1920 American silent crime drama film directed by Raoul Walsh from a 1910 play co-written by Wilson Mizner and Paul Armstrong. The picture stars Miriam Cooper and Helen Ware and is a remake of the 1915 lost film The Deep Purple. It is not known whether the 1920 film currently survives.[1]


As described in a film magazine,[2] country village maiden Doris Moore (Cooper) listens intently to the wooing of Harry Leland (Serrano), a crook who is in the neighborhood with Pop Clark (Ferguson), another professional crook. Believing in his promise of marriage, Doris goes with Harry and Pop when they return to the city. Kate Fallon (Ware), a boarding house keeper, protects Doris from Harry, but she becomes involved in a plot to rob William Lake (Sage), a wealthy westerner. Doris swings around to the right side when she meets William and love springs into being. The crooks are defeated in their designs and William and Doris are then brought into happiness.



  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Deep Purple at
  2. ^ "Reviews: The Deep Purple". Exhibitors Herald. 10 (22). New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company: 72. May 29, 1920.